Broad Institute hosts screening of CIS scholar's film on Iraq

April 27, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, MANo End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, a film directed by Charles Ferguson, visiting scholar at MIT's Center for International Studies, will be screened for the public in the auditorium of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

No End in Sight won a special jury prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah. The screening, to be followed by a discussion with the director, is sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies' Starr Forum.

No End in Sight analyzes Iraq's descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy.

Based on more than 200 hours of footage, the film retells the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 through interviews of such high-ranking officials as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (who was in charge of Baghdad during the spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (who was in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts.

Ferguson received his B.A. in mathematics from Berkeley and his Ph.D. in political science from MIT. The author of three books, he has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar at MIT and Berkeley, and he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 2, 2007 (download PDF).

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